Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.
Always get over heavy ground as lightly as you can.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
Always make water when you can.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
A great country cannot wage a little war.
To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound
Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
I hate the whole race. There is no believing a word they say, your professional poets, I mean there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
I have got an infamous army, very weak and ill-equipped, and a very inexperienced staff.
Troops would never be deficient in courage, if they could only know how deficient in it their enemies were.
A great country can have no such thing as a little war.
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!
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